London's National Theatre Presents Double Bill at the Lyttleton

News   London's National Theatre Presents Double Bill at the Lyttleton A Laughing Matter and She Stoops to Conquer both opened at the National Theatre Dec. 17 in the Lyttleton Theatre.

A Laughing Matter, which opened at a matinee, is a behind-the-scenes play by April De Angelis about the backstage politics behind the first staging of Oliver Goldsmith's classic comedy She Stoops to Conquer.

She Stoops to Conquer was then performed in the evening, by a cast who deserved credit for their stamina as well as their acting. She Stoops to Conquer is a comedy about the visit of two young men to a country house, which they mistakenly believe (as they are tricked by the son of the house) is just an inn.

Mistaken identities, elopements, plots about jewels, love thwarted but eventually triumphant all come together in a well-paced comedy that has entertained audiences since the 1770's. The title comes from the fact that the daughter of the house, Kate Hardcastle, has to pretend to be a serving girl in order to win the heart of one of the visiting young men, Charles Marlow.